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Daniel B. Purtell

Estate planning Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   56 reviews

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Disability Planning, Strategies for Using Revocable Trusts, Strategies for Using Life Ins. Trusts, Integration of Retirement Plans into the Estate Plan, Charitable Planning, Elder Law/Medicaid Planning, Planning for Affluent Families, Planning for Non-Traditional Families, Asset Protection Planning, International Estate Planning, Planning for Young Families, Dynasty Trusts, Gift and Estate Tax Planning, Special Needs Planning

    21 years

  2. Trusts
    25%
    Disability Planning, Strategies for Using Revocable Trusts, Strategies for Using Life Ins. Trusts, Integration of Retirement Plans into the Estate Plan, Charitable Planning, Elder Law/Medicaid Planning, Planning for Affluent Families, Planning for Non-Traditional Families, Asset Protection Planning, International Estate Planning, Planning for Young Families, Dynasty Trusts, Gift and Estate Tax Planning, Special Needs Planning

    21 years

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    15%
    Helping mature individuals and couples plan to protect their assets from the cost of long term care and to provide for the transfer of their assets to their family.

    21 years

  4. Business
    5%
    Small Business Formation/Entity Design, Business Succession Planning.

    21 years

  5. Elder law
    5%
    Assisting families with issues surrounding their elderly parents.

    21 years

Attorney Daniel Purtell is an Estate Planning Law Specialist and Accredited Estate Planner® as certified by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils and accredited by the American Bar Association. Attorney Purtell is an active member of WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel the Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys (past-President), the Madison Estate Council, the State Bar of Wisconsin (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section), and an Accredited Veterans Administrative Attorney. He is also committed to his community through involvement in the Optimist Club, being an active AALA member, and through his activity in the Middleton High School Boys Lacrosse program (President).

 

Attorney Purtell provides educational programs both for the public and professional advisors in the areas of general estate planning, elder law, wealth transfer strategies, planning for young families, and issues relating to business succession. He is the co-author of Your Life, Your Legacy – The Fundamentals of Effective Estate Planning (2009), Your Life, Your Legacy II: Protecting Those You Love (2010), and has written numerous published articles on various estate planning topics.

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Attorney Purtell discusses Estate Planning for Pets during a local television interview.
John Haslam, Wayne Wilson, Dan Purtell
Licensed for 22 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 09/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Daniel

Wilson Law Group, LLC
7633 Ganser Way
Suite 100
Madison, WI, 53719
Wilson Law Group LLC
15 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 142
Evansville, WI, 53536
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Reviews

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Posted by Laurie | September 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable
Daniel was very helpful as we worked through our estate planning. He answered all of our questions, and came up with scenarios that we might not have thought about. He was respectful of our decisions, and really helped us take ownership of our plans for the future. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2021
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Dan Purtell
He was very helpful years ago with setting up my mom’s trust, so when my husband and I decided to set up our own, I never gave it a second thought that I wouldn’t go back to Dan again. He was as thoughtful and helpful as we expected he would be.
Posted by Vince | December 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
We worked with Dan to update our estate planning documents. He was extremely thorough, did an excellent job of incorporating our wishes into the new documents, and described in detail all of the changes and the reason for them. I would highly recommend his services!
Posted by Gerald | August 12, 2020
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Nice photo Dan.
Dan is very easy going and takes his time explaining things to us. He did a nice job of reviewing out material and explaining the changes that were being made. I like how Dan includes some of his own experiences and allows us to share some of ours, Good job!
Posted by Patty | June 25, 2020
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Common sense trust advice delivered in simple language
We have worked with Dan for years. We knew very little about trust plans when we first contacted Dan but knew we wanted a trust plan for estate tax purposes and to help our family more easily deal with our estate and our health care choices. Dan took the time to figure out what we wanted and then gave us common sense advice in easy to understand language. He continues to offer sound advice during our periodic reviews of our trust. The end result is a very organized and detailed trust plan that will be very helpful to our family when the time comes.
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Posted by David | May 5, 2020
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Multiple generations
Dan has been doing my work for 10 years. Did my Dad's trust, my trust, and set up an LLC for my business. Glad I made that first call 10 years ago. I will not hesitate to call him again when I need to have anything updated or if I just have a question. My son is going to use Dan to do a will for his family, that will be 3 generations. Thanks Dan
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2019
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Dan knows trusts
Dan has helped set up and maintain our trust for many years. We meet every two years and he always makes sure things are updated for the latest legal changes. He is very open to meeting with all sorts of folks to talk through their situation. Since our sons are out of town he was very open to meeting one on one with them to explain the administration of our trust. Setting up a trust gives peace of mind about the future. We are very glad that we continue to use the services of Wilson Law.
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Posted by Jackie | September 19, 2019
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Trust vs Will
We met with Dan to discuss wills vs trusts. He was extremely thorough and knowledgeable. He laid out plainly the options available and the benefits a will or trust would provide. He was professional while also being personable.
Posted by Bonnie | July 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very thorough Revocable Trust
We wanted to get our will done. While looking for a professional, we came across the Wilson Law group. The mission statement of integrity, trust and personalization with estate planning was exactly what we were looking for. We found that Daniel Purtell to be of great help with sorting out what our needs and wants. Daniel gave us information on both wills and revocable trusts. After hearing all the information, along with the pros and cons of both, we decided to do a Revocable Trust. Daniel made us feel comfortable, answered all our questions and was very professional. We would recommend Daniel B. Purtell for your estate planning needs.
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Posted by Susan | June 24, 2019
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Daniel B. Purtell
Daniel helped us discover what type of estate plan would be best suited for our needs. Good explanations to our many questions. After careful consideration we chose the MAPT Irrevocable trust and feel confident that it was the right choice for us. Daniel was very professional, easy to talk to and very efficient, as was his entire staff. We have and will continue to recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2019
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Estate Plan
Our estate plan was done in a timely matter and very detailed. We enjoyed working with Dan. We feel very comfortable that our wishes will be granted and our legacy will be fulfilled for our Children and our Grandchildren. We have a great sense of peace thanks to Dan. Thanks again for being there for us.
Posted by Deb | March 16, 2019
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An outstanding experience at Wilson Law firm
Working with Dan Purtell and staff was an exceptional experience in our estate planning. Dan immediately created a safe and trusting environment. He was professional and efficient when guiding us through decisions that have long lasting impact. His relaxed and friendly demeanor was very much appreciated and strengthened the trust we felt in Dan and Wilson Law firm. The additional staff we worked with, responded quickly and professionally to all of our questions or needs. We will have no hesitation engaging Wilson Law firm when we need to seek any other advice in estate planning.
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Posted by Debbie | March 5, 2019
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Trust Document Review
Dan helped us set up our Trust documents a year ago. This was a review to ensure the documents still made sense and fit our needs. We were very happy with what he provided us and had only a couple of minor changes. Again, since it had been a year, he went through the existing documents and made sure we were not only comfortable with what they provided for our family, but also any new questions we had were clearly and concisely answered. I would recommend Dan to anyone looking to set up trust document as he is thorough in his initial analysis and provides recommendations to cover the client's needs. He is also flexible in making requested changes and never tries to pressure a client into a specific decision. Instead he lays out your option and the ramifications of each. We are very satisfied with what Dan has done for our family.
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Posted by Brent | February 5, 2019
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Respectful, Professional, Responsive
My wife and I began working with Dan in 2010 on estate planning and creating our trust. We have always found Dan to be respectful, professional and responsive. He is detailed oriented and ensures that our trust is up to date and consistent with changes that occur in state and federal law. Anyone looking to develop a trust must take a look at what Dan and the Wilson Law Group can do for them.
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Posted by John | January 22, 2019
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Very Professional
Explained there different products so you knew what you were getting with each one. Listened and addressed my concerns. Job was done in a timely manner.
Posted by Dawn | January 14, 2019
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Trust lawyer Extraordinare
Dan was recommended by our financial advisor. We were very pleased with the consultation meeting & hired him to create our trust. He was very thorough & has a great personality!
Posted by Dan and Linda | January 11, 2019
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Great Law Firm for Estate Planning!
We worked with Daniel Purtell to put our finances into a trust and are very happy and very satisfied with the services provided by Mr. Purtell and his colleagues. We recently updated the trust and once again experienced excellent service, and any and all questions we had were explained fully. We highly recommend Mr. Purtell and Wilson Law Group for estate planning!
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Posted by Joe | October 26, 2018
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Revocable Trust
Daniel Purtell spend the right amount of time at my initial meeting explaining his recommendations for my situation and made me very comfortable with my decision. The process was made extremely easy by him and his staff and on the final day of signing, everything was prepared and in perfect order.
Posted by Rob | September 12, 2018
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Estate Planning
We recently worked with the team at Wilson Law Group to develop our estate plan. Dan walked us through the options and worked with us to develop a plan that made sense for our situation. We were extremely pleased with the final product.
Posted by David | August 28, 2018
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David
We worked with Dan on our living trust recently and came away extremely satisfied. His knowledge and expertise were clearly evident, and it made my wife an me feel at ease. We would recommend anyone looking to create a living trust or any other estate planning, to stop and see Dan and the Wilson Law Group!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Wilson Law Group, LLC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Skemp and Associates, SC
  • 2000 - 2001

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1999
  • University of Wisconsin, Platteville
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Planning for Child with Special Needs
  • Special Needs Trust

Associations

  • Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Member, company
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Academy of VA Pension Planners
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Knight
  • 2011 - Present
  • The Advisors Forum
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Madison Estate Council
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member, Past President
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • BNI- Referrals with Purpose
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Middleton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Cross Plains Optimist Club
  • Member, Past President
  • 2003 - 2011
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Accredited Estate Planner
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2016
  • Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2016
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2016
  • Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2015
  • Accredited Estate Planner
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2015
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2014
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2014
  • Accredited Estate Planner
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2014
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2013
  • Star of Madison- Finalist Law Firm
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • 2012
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2012
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2011
  • Star of Madison- Finalist, Law Firm
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • 2011
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2010
  • Executive Register
  • InBusiness Magazine
  • 2009
  • Honor Club- President
  • Optimist International
  • 2006
  • Honor Club- President
  • Optimist International
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Lasting Legacy- Catholic Diocese of Madison Stewardship Newsletter
  • What is Charitable Gift Planning?
  • 2009
  • 50 Plus Lifestyles
  • Grave Robbery: Identity Theft of the dead and how to prevent it
  • 2008
  • Brava Magazine
  • Plan to protect your family in case of a future crisis
  • 2008
  • Your Life, Your Legacy
  • Your Life, Your Legacy
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bank of Cross Plains Client Forum
  • The Legacy of Planning with IRAs
  • 2015
  • Employee Wellness Event
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistkaes
  • 2015
  • Edward Jones Client Event- Waunakee
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2015
  • Edward Jones Client Event- McFarland
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2015
  • Continuing Education Event for Edward Jones Financial Advisors
  • Opportunities in Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Annual Meeting
  • Opportunities in Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Global View Capital Management
  • Planning for Farm Families: Legacies and Fairness
  • 2014
  • Wisconsin Fraternal Insurance Counselors Conference
  • Opportunities in Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Knights of Columbus- St. Dennis, Madison
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2013
  • Knights of Columbus- Cottage Grove
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2013
  • Knights of Columbus- Cambridge
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2013
  • Knights of Columbus- Agency Meeting
  • Opportunities in Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • FCSLA- Midwestern Sales Conference
  • Opportunies in Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Dodge County ARC
  • Special Planning for Special Needs
  • 2013
  • "It's all about the Kids"- Columbus Hospital
  • Special Planning for Special Needs
  • 2013
  • Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, LLC
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2012
  • NAIFA Wisconsin CE Day
  • Planning for Veterans/Planning with IRAs
  • 2012
  • Member Education Day
  • Planning for Farm Families
  • 2012
  • Knights of Columbus- Cottage Grove
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2012
  • Holistic Moms Network, November 2012 Meeting
  • Family Protection Planning
  • 2012
  • FCSLA- Midwestern Sales Conference
  • Estate Planning for Financial Advisors
  • 2012
  • Badgerland Financial
  • Estate and Succession Planning for Farm Families
  • 2012
  • Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2011
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Plan Your Legacy
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (17)
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is a great legal resource. He has helped me understand the complex issues surrounding estate planning for family farmers. I often refer individuals in the Western part of Wisconsin to Dan."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is very personable and kind. He is very knowledgeable in the area of Trusts & Estates and I would recommend him to anyone who would like estate planning services."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Purtell is an excellent lawyer, a zealous advocate and cares about his clients' futures. I would not hesitate to hire Dan for my estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan is an excellent estate planner. HIs firm is a leader in the Madison, Wisconsin area in both traditional, trust based, estate plannning and in long term care planning. Of special significance is his trust maintenance program that keeps his estate plans up to date."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan started as an Associate Attorney at my firm and has risen to the position of Partner. While he has always had high integrity and the client's interest at heart, I have watched as his skills as an attorney have increased to the point that he is now one of the premier estate planning attorneys in Wisconisn. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan provides expert guidance and pays attention to all the "what ifs" that clients do not think of. He finds and works with the clients greatest needs. He gives peace of mind. He has a maintenance program so clients documents are updated as laws or situations change. He peaks to clients in plain English, not legal jargon. He is energetic and bright."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known and worked with Dan through the last several years, I am continually impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the law as it pertains to estate planning, asset protection planning, business succession planning, taxation planning, planning for pets and Title XIX. Although Dan's technical expertise is outstanding, he also has a relaxed demeanor and personable approach with the families he assists. I would whole-heartedly recommend Dan as an experienced and responsive legal counselor."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Top notch estate planning professional."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is very knowledgeable and reasonably priced. Dan is very ethical and a pleasure to work with. I refer many people to Dan because I can trust him to treat them well."
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